Ducks Can't Hold Lead, Fall to Stars, 4-2, to Even Series at Two

DALLAS -- The Ducks got off to the start they wanted, scoring two goals in the first period of Game 4 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. But their lead was short-lived, as Dallas reeled off four unanswered goals to even the best-of-7 series, 2-2. Game 5 will be played on Friday at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Dallas received goals from captain Jamie Benn, Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski in the win.

Dallas stormed back with two goals in the second, one from Benn and another by Fiddler, to make it a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. Eakin and Goligoski then scored 2:07 apart in the third.

Goligoski's goal at 7:44 of the third chased Anaheim rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was replaced by Jonas Hiller. Andersen stopped 20 of 24 shots.

"I just need to have a short memory," said Andersen. "I need to be ready for the next game back in Anaheim, and that’s what I’m focusing on."

Benn had an empty-netter with 1:04 remaining in regulation nullified because the whistle had blown.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves in his second straight victory. Fiddler (goal, assist) and Shawn Horcoff (two assists) each contributed two points for Dallas.

Despite being without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a late scratch with an upper-body injury, Anaheim struck twice in the first period. Allen scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the opening period, blasting a slapper top-shelf past Lehtonen at 12:17.

Allen's goal was his first since Feb. 28, 2012 when he scored against the Nashville Predators as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, a span of 128 games. Lehtonen looked like he was at least partially screened by Stars rookie right wing Alex Chiasson on the play.

The Ducks then doubled that advantage at 18:16 when a shot from Mathieu Perreault struck Patrick Maroon in the midsection and fluttered past Lehtonen.

"We played good in the first period," said Perreault. "We got out to a 2-0 lead. Now going back home, we’re glad to go back in front of our fans. We’ve been good at home all year. Now, it’s a best-out-of-three, and we have two home games. We’re still positive."

Dallas needed little time to answer when Benn scored an unassisted goal 27 seconds into the second period. Benn won a faceoff against Perreault in the neutral zone and then raced up the ice, beating Andersen top-shelf on the short side for his third goal of the playoffs.

Dallas pulled even at 6:33 when Fiddler beat Andersen to the short side for his third career playoff goal. Andersen appeared to corral Fiddler's shot, but Fiddler's shot struck the Ducks goaltender in the midsection before crossing the line.

Anaheim nearly retook the lead midway through the second, but a Perreault wrister from the right circle at 10:57 instead hit the right goalpost.

The Stars were down to five healthy defensemen to begin the second period after rookie Patrik Nemeth was being evaluated. Nemeth did not return for the final two periods.

Dallas outshot Anaheim 16-3 in the second period.

The Stars created a solid opportunity off the rush early in the third, but an Eakin wrister deflected hard off the far post 58 seconds into the period.

Eakin, however, wouldn't miss on his next attempt when he beat Andersen to the far post with a wrist shot at 6:22 of the third to give Dallas their first lead of the game. It was Eakin's first career playoff goal.

Goligoski found the score sheet 2:07 later when he sent a wrist shot into the left side of the net from the slot. Fiddler made a solid backhand pass to Goligoski, who quickly finished to give Dallas a two-goal cushion.

Hiller made two saves in relief of Andersen.

"We need to come out hard," said Perreault, on the upcoming Game 5 in Anahiem. "We’ve played great hockey all year long at Honda Center. We have to play Ducks hockey and stick together."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:17ANA Bryan Allen (1) ASST: Cam Fowler (1), Andrew Cogliano (1) 1 - 0 ANA
18:16ANA Patrick Maroon (1) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (1) 2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
00:27DAL Jamie Benn (3) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 ANA
06:33DAL Vernon Fiddler (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (3), Jordie Benn (2) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:22DAL Cody Eakin (1) ASST: Antoine Roussel (3), Kari Lehtonen (1) 3 - 2 DAL
07:44DAL Alex Goligoski (1) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (1), Shawn Horcoff (4) 4 - 2 DAL
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Goligoski
Alex Goligoski
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 32:48
Vernon Fiddler
Vernon Fiddler
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 10
+/-: 2TOI: 13:30
Cody Eakin
Cody Eakin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:39DAL Valeri Nichushkin  Hooking against  Cam Fowler
2nd Period
09:51DAL Kevin Connauton  Tripping against  Kyle Palmieri
13:40ANA Mark Fistric  Interference against  Ryan Garbutt
15:58ANA Bryan Allen  Cross checking against  Antoine Roussel
3rd Period
11:32DAL Ryan Garbutt  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Palmieri
14:59ANA Corey Perry  Boarding against  Cody Eakin
17:50ANA Patrick Maroon  Misconduct (10 min) against  Vernon Fiddler
17:50DAL Vernon Fiddler  Misconduct (10 min) against  Patrick Maroon
17:50DAL Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Perry
17:50ANA Corey Perry  Fighting (maj) against  Antoine Roussel
18:53DAL Trevor Daley  Misconduct (10 min) against  Kyle Palmieri
18:53ANA Kyle Palmieri  Misconduct (10 min) against  Trevor Daley
20:00DAL Ryan Garbutt  Roughing against  Bryan Allen
20:00ANA Bryan Allen  Misconduct (10 min)
20:00ANA Bryan Allen  Cross checking against  Cody Eakin
20:00ANA Bryan Allen  Roughing against  Chris Mueller
20:00ANA Mark Fistric  Roughing against  Cody Eakin
20:00DAL Jordie Benn  Roughing against  Mathieu Perreault
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/3
Faceoff Wins2938
Blocked Shots2217
Penalty Minutes4735
4C. FowlerD0102025:56
6B. LovejoyD00-11023:02
7A. CoglianoL01-21014:50
10C. PerryR00-13718:47
11S. KoivuC0000011:27
13N. BoninoC0000016:56
21K. PalmieriR00-111010:31
22M. PerreaultC01-12017:48
23F. BeaucheminD00-11027:14
28M. FistricD00-12413:08
33J. SilfverbergR0000013:50
34D. WinnikL0000016:23
47H. LindholmD00-10012:37
55B. AllenD10011619:27
62P. MaroonL10021016:38
65E. EtemR0005012:32
67R. RakellC00-10012:27
77D. Smith-PellyR0002012:18
1J. Hiller111.00010:34
31F. Andersen2125.84047:38
6T. DaleyD00121028:16
10S. HorcoffC0224016:15
12A. ChiassonR00-12014:03
13R. WhitneyL00-10010:00
14J. BennL1012021:11
16R. GarbuttC0001416:40
18C. MuellerC00-1004:26
20C. EakinC1002018:53
21A. RousselL0102516:15
22C. SceviourC0022014:12
23K. ConnautonD0000211:29
24J. BennD0130223:58
33A. GoligoskiD1021032:48
37P. NemethD00-1007:20
38V. FiddlerC11231013:30
43V. NichushkinR0010211:52
55S. GoncharD00-10013:03
91T. SeguinC0015019:49
32K. Lehtonen2123.91360:00